SHARON’S GREAT ART ADVENTURE EPISODE 14
Beginning this week I am officially on a two-week break which closes out the drawing and oil section of the mastery program. I am, however, still completing some last assignments to complete this section, namely a self-portrait, yes, another self-portrait, in oil this time. I’m sure you are all tired of seeing my face 😂. I know I’m getting tired of working on my features. I have not finished this painting yet, nor have I completed the final summary assignment. Both of these are works in progress that I am sharing here.
I have to preface this share by saying that it is especially difficult for me to show the self-portrait work in progress. This painting is at an extremely ugly phase and I struggle to show something that I view as not good. I find myself challenged with color and value which is the problem with this piece so far. What has been a benefit though is that because I’ve done two previous self-portraits albeit, in a different medium with some success, I know it is not my ability to produce a self-portrait but rather the medium (oil paint) that I am currently working with. I had to contact my coach for some suggestions admitting to her that I was at the point of starting over. She encouraged me to keep going. This can turn into a lesson of how to fix a painting that has gone wrong and not throwing in the towel. A valuable lesson. I have taken a day’s break from working on this to hopefully go back to it with renewed vigor.
For the final assignment, I was able to choose not only the subject matter but also choose the process from all that I have learned in this first quarter of the program. After much deliberation, I chose a tiger and the Fat Over Lean process that I learned in Episode 6 (read here.) I have a couple more layers before this painting is complete.
This week also had expressive drawing as part of the assignment. I really enjoyed this process. It is so freeing. This first drawing is an abstract landscape. I’ve used both charcoal and water-soluble graphite. I used a photograph of a seaside scene that I took many years ago in Jamaica, as reference.
This next assignment was to begin an abstract and then pull an image from the abstract. As I began I saw a trellis or gazebo type structure with a tree behind it. I thought a park bench would be perfect to put amongst this. This is my favorite of these two drawings.
|I also want to share this drawing that is an assignment from Episode 12 on foreshortening. This is a compilation of different images.|